Through the night we sailed up the River Thames and anchored in the middle of the river at about 3:00AM.
We got off the ship and did a short guided tour around maritime Greenwich. A nice tour, the Cutty Sark ship is there, great history. We then walked up to the Royal observatory for a fantastic view of London. We walked through a beautiful park on the way back to the ship.
We got back onto the ship to finish packing and start saying our goodbyes to new friends. There were some tears.
Tomorrow morning we have to be out of our room by 8 AM.
We travelled through the beautiful Normandy countryside to Omaha beach where we spent a while reflecting on what happened there 79 years ago. There were white roses in the water around the monuments, put there by someone that knows we should never forget.
This was a new port for us and it turned out to be another fabulous Spanish city. We did a short bus ride to a beautiful beach on the Med and then to a recently found Roman amphitheater. The Romans were everywhere and built awesome buildings.
We then walked through the old city where the pedestrian streets are paved with marble. Susan had the best coffee ever, Asiático coffee. We also found some Iberico ham and a couple local beers.
A beautiful place that we would love to go back to.
The next morning we sailed through the Straight of Gibraltar. Sadly it was a cloudy morning so no mountain photos, but there were dolphins and birds.
We had an excellent guided tour through the old town, then we had lunch overlooking the Med.
After lunch we went to the Musée océanographique de Monaco, Jacques Cousteau was director there for a long time. It was a fantastic place.
After the museum we walked over to the famous Monte Carlo casino to see all the outrageous cars and get a look into the lobby. You can’t actually get into the casino without a passport and paying 19 euros. We did not need to see a casino that badly.
The Monaco Grand Prix is soon, so they were setting up the track which blocked some views and pathways. But we did get to walk on the track.
This UNESCO site is really old, some of it back to the 9th century BC. The tombs are fascinating and beautiful.
We also had perfect weather and the wild flowers and the views were outrageous.
Afterwards we went into the charming village of Tarquinia to see the museum with many artifacts from the tombs including a 9000+ year old painted ostrich egg. How it has never been broken is beyond me.
After the museum we walked around town and got a gelato. This would be a nice place to spend a few days.